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McLaren unveils radical new nose in Spain

2018-05-11 13:22

ENDURANCE RACING: Fernando Alonso, of Spain, leaves his garage after a practice session for the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach. Image: AP / John Raoux

Barcelona - McLaren unveiled a radical new nose for its 2018 car in Barcelona.

It follows a disappointing start to the season for the British team, despite the switch from Honda to Renault power.

"Definitely we are not in the position we wanted or expected," Fernando Alonso admitted.

McLaren still behind

Although McLaren aimed to be with the top teams in 2018, the Spaniard said the car is actually "1.8 to 2 seconds behind".

It has triggered speculation the 36-year-old, who is already combining Formula One with Le Mans in 2018, will quit completely at the end of the year.

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"The biggest problem is how predictable everything is. The direction everything went is sad for formula one," Alonso said in Barcelona.

Also hoping McLaren can improve with its 'B' car this weekend is Alonso's teammate, Stoffel Vandoorne.

"My personal feeling in the car is not 100 per cent good," he told RTBF television.

"It's difficult to extract everything from myself and the car.  I hope these new parts will help us to move things in the right direction."

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